BENEFIT : Food Drive for Los Angeles Will Rock to a Punk Beat

Mary Helen Berg is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.

Foodstock, a 12-hour music marathon to benefit struggling local bands and riot-torn Los Angeles, will be held Sunday at the Newport Roadhouse.

Fifteen bands from Orange and Riverside counties' alternative music scene will play 12 danceable hours of thrash punk, heavy metal and post-punk blues.

Musicians have volunteered to perform for the event, which organizers hope will promote solidarity among area bands while raising up to 500 pounds of canned goods for the Food Distribution Center of Orange.

All food collected will be sent to needy families in the L.A. area.

"We wanted to make it more or less like punks and the people in these bands are really not lowlifes and whatever people think they are but (that) they care, too," said event organizer Kelly English, lead guitarist for Bad Trip Circus and founder of English Productions, a company he hopes will help protect the bands from exploitation and help them get recognition.

The performances will include the "Gothic shock" sound of Long Tall Sally and Old Nick's post-punk blues from Corona; Huntington Beach's Guttermouth, Offspring from Long Beach and Bad Trip Circus from Orange.

The event is open to all ages. No alcohol will be served, but the cost of admission includes two non-alcoholic beverages.

What: Foodstock concert and fund-raiser.

When: Sunday, May 31, noon to midnight.

Where: Newport Roadhouse, 1700 Placentia Blvd., Costa Mesa.

Whereabouts: Take the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway south to 17th Street and go right to Placentia or take Newport Boulevard to 17th and go left to Placentia.

Wherewithal: $5 plus one or more cans of food.

Where to Call: (714) 283-2483 or (714) 771-1343.

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